Defining the awesomeness of Supernovas By: Taylor Vella

What is a supernova? What makes them awesome?

A supernova is the explosion of a star! It is the largest explosion that takes place in space! There are two flavors of supernovas, defined as two completely different events.

Where does this awesomeness take place?

A supernova happens where there is a change in the core, or center, of a star. A change can occur in two different ways, with both resulting in a supernova.

The first flavor of supernova happens in binary star systems. Binary stars are two stars that orbit the same point. One of the stars, a carbon-oxygen white dwarf, steals matter from its companion star. Eventually, the white dwarf accumulates too much matter. Having too much matter causes the star to explode, resulting in a supernova. The result of white dwarf stars in a binary system that decree companion stars and have tundra near a mass of about 100 solar masses inside the electron degenerate core of very compact object 1.4 solar mass nuclear bomb that explodes in 2 seconds and leaves behind silicon and iron-rich gas.

The second flavor of supernova occurs at the end of a single star’s lifetime. As the star runs out of fuel, some of its mass flows into its core. Eventually, the core is so massive that it cannot withstand its gravitational force. The core collapses, which results in the giant explosion of a supernova. The sun is a single star, but it does not have enough mass to become a supernova. The blast blows out outer protons and levees back compact nuclear or black hole.

Awesomeness caused by supernovas?

A supernova burns for only a short period of time, but it can tell scientists a lot about the universe.

They leave behind BEAUTIFUL REMNANCE expanding at roughly 10,000 km per second. Explosion of neon silicon and iron

One kind of supernova has shown scientists that we live in an expanding universe, one that is growing at an ever increasing rate.

Scientists also have determined that supernovas play a key role in distributing elements throughout the universe. When the star explodes, it shoots parts and debris into space. Many of the elements we find here on Earth are made in the core of stars. These features travel on to form new stars, planets and everything else in the universe.

What if a supernova exploded in our solar system?

Supernovas are known to be very destructive due to the amount of force given off by them. Some scientists believe that if a supernova distracted near earth it could potentially destroy our planet due to the strength and the kick of the supernova.

How the awesomeness idea came to be:

The idea for this project came from my desire to depict incredible beauty in space. After reassuring many current topics, I found supernovas to be the most interesting and least represented on social media.

Final Product

First the supernova was painted then brought into photoshop to be edited to look more realistic.


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Process of creating awesomeness

Step one: Paint
Step two Adjust colors
Step three: Color burn
Step four: Crop
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